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went up and that's why murder went down. is that, from a social science perspective, one of the things that i think is fascinating when you dive into the literature on crime, this is what happened. a massive boom in crime, particularly violent crime in this country, peaking around the early 90s. it's been declined. massively and rapidly and these are the sort of big national statistics and it's declined in different communities across racial barriers and income barriers and urban and rural and we don't understand why it happened. is that basically the where we are? >> i think there's a lot of truth to that and my colleague absolutely would like to say there were all these police chiefs total idiots in the '80s and all the others they were brilliant in the '90s. it's like the stock market. it goes up and everyone has a theory about it. we know way less than we should about what's effective to bring the crime rate down but we do know some things and we have some good ideas. >> i want to know what we know right after we take this break. . i'm consolidating my assets. i'm not paying hidden
famously and ultimately was forced out because his comments about women can't do math and science. he was treasury secretary and then timothy geithner and the tradition is continuing. that's what equal opportunity is about. you have to go beyond the people you know and it has to be all over the country. that's what job searches are about. reaching out to people. not just your comfort zone and that will make a better country and it's not just for reasons. it's very practical when you look at the economy, for example. it would have been extremely practical to get someone who's not actually involved in the economic crisis. >> but you have to realize, with charlie rangel's critique the caveat is there's this long-standing kind of, not bitterness but separation between the cdc and the caucus members and barack obama. he kind of stepped outside of the black pipeline. he didn't play ball with them. >> and the sort of other version, i wouldn't call it the "harvard problem" but the basic social networks. the entire rise of barack obama was in some ways building a parallel set of networks to th
minutes total discussion last year, an none of it science-driven and none of the discussion included a single democratic politician air time to discuss climate change. we know as it is is increasingl noticeable outlets will be left behind. i want to know what the guests know now that they didn't know when the week began. dia diana? >> well, this is very different from what you know now. and i learned this week that it is incredible and remarkable how two different writers in two different spaces and times can come across the same image to express their wonder at the material world. there is a poem by a poet who died in a stalin camp in 1937 who used the image of a blossoming pear tree as a central image in a poem about the sort of wonder and mystery of the world, and in that very same year across the world another poet in 1937 also used that same image in much the similar way in "their eyes are watching god." astounding. >> yes. george? >> well, i have been traveling and i have not learned much at all, but i read a book i love and it is called "the stench of honolulu" by jack handy,
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